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Iranian Woman Not Executed

The Iranian woman accused of adultery, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, was not hanged on Wednesday, despite reports that indicated she would be. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner brought word that the hanging did not take place. He said he spoke to his Iranian counterpart, who assured him "that a verdict in the case concerning Sakineh Ashtiani had not been reached by the Iranian legal authorities and that the information on her alleged execution did not correspond to reality." Kouchner says he also urged Iran to pardon Ashtiani, who was originally sentenced to be stoned.